Economist - Office of the Chief Economist - Washington, DC

We Work to Protect Investors. Join our Team.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is seeking a well-qualified individual for our Economist opening in Washington, DC. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume through our career site at www.finra.org/careers - no phone calls, please.

Job Summary:

The primary duties of this position are to engage in statistical, econometric and financial analysis projects to evaluate the risks, costs and impacts of market practice and regulatory alternatives in support a variety of departments across FINRA.

Essential Job Functions:

  • The Economist in this position will work closely with various offices across FINRA that have statistical and economic needs. The Economist will be responsible for working on a variety of projects.
  • Work closely with subject matter experts, analyze and evaluate (on a quantitative and qualitative basis) the effectiveness of market and regulatory programs and operations;
  • Gather, develop and synthesize data about securities markets and market participants to determine the efficacy and efficiency of current or projected projects and programs;
  • In consultation with senior economists, will develop methodologies to provide calculations and analysis of relevant statistics for economic impact assessment;
  • Prepare analyses, charts, graphs, reports and briefing materials and present findings to senior leaders across FINRA;
  • Manage and maintain the book of work for regulatory activities under development across FINRA;
  • Model and analyze data to provide solutions and answers in a variety of engagements;
  • Work with middle and senior managers across the organization to assess their needs for economic analysis and design programs to meet them;
  • Conduct research in support of FINRA's mission;
  • Exercise independent judgment in developing models to determine and track member firm and market behavior;
  • Write and publish reports on various economic and financial topics;
  • Represent the Office of the Chief Economist in internal and industry-wide conferences, seminars, presentations;
  • Publish research results for industry and public review;
  • Other projects as needed.
Qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:
  • Master's degree in economics, finance, statistics or a similar degree; PhD preferred.
  • Able to demonstrate experience in econometric modeling, statistical analysis, data collection and manipulation, programming and writing reports.
  • Minimum of 3 - 4 years of direct experience is required.
  • Comfortable working with a variety of people with varying skill and knowledge levels.
  • Communicates well, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines.
  • Self-starter who is comfortable working independently.
Working Conditions:
  • Regular office conditions; some travel may be required.

The information provided above has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work of the position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required.

Please note: If the "Apply Now" button on a job board posting does not take you directly to the FINRA Careers site, enter www.finra.org/careers into your browser to reach our site directly.



FINRA strives to make our career site accessible to all users. If you need a disability-related accommodation for completing the application process, please contact FINRA's accommodation help line at 240.386.4865. Please note that this number is exclusively for inquiries regarding application accommodations.

In addition to a competitive salary, comprehensive health and welfare benefits, and incentive compensation, FINRA offers immediate participation and vesting in a 401(k) plan with company match. You will also be eligible for participation in an additional FINRA-funded retirement contribution, our tuition reimbursement program and many other benefits. If you would like to contribute to our important mission and work collegially in a professional organization that values intelligence, integrity and initiative, consider a career with FINRA.

Important Information



FINRA's Code of Conduct imposes restrictions on employees' investments and requires financial disclosures that are uniquely related to our role as a securities regulator. FINRA employees are required to disclose to FINRA all brokerage accounts that they maintain, and those in which they control trading or have a financial interest (including any trust account of which they are a trustee or beneficiary and all accounts of a spouse, domestic partner or minor child who lives with the employee) and to authorize their broker-dealers to provide FINRA with duplicate statements for all of those accounts. All of those accounts are subject to the Code's investment and securities account restrictions , and new employees must comply with those investment restrictions-including disposing of any security issued by a company on FINRA's Prohibited Company List or obtaining a written waiver from their Executive Vice President-by the date they begin employment with FINRA. Employees may only maintain securities accounts that must be disclosed to FINRA at one or more securities firms that provide an electronic feed (e-feed) of data to FINRA, and must move securities accounts from other securities firms to a firm that provides an e-feed within three months of beginning employment.



As standard practice, employees must also execute FINRA's Employee Confidentiality and Invention Assignment Agreement without qualification or modification and comply with the company's policy on nepotism.

About FINRA



FINRA is an independent, non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the public in the United States. FINRA works to protect investors and maintain market integrity in a public-private partnership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), while also benefiting from the SEC's oversight. In its role as investor guardian, FINRA is informed, but not influenced, by the industry that it regulates. FINRA's independent regulation plays a critical role in America's financial system-all at no cost to taxpayers.

FINRA touches virtually every aspect of the securities business-from registering and educating industry participants to examining securities firms; writing rules; enforcing those rules and the federal securities laws; informing and educating the investing public; providing trade reporting and other industry utilities; and administering the largest dispute resolution forum for investors and registered firms. FINRA uses technology powerful enough to look across markets and detect potential abuses. Using a variety of data gathering techniques, we work to detect insider trading and any strategies firms or individuals use to gain an unfair advantage.

In today's fast-paced and complex global economy, FINRA is a trusted advocate for investors, dedicated to keeping the markets fair and proactively addressing emerging regulatory issues before they harm investors or the markets. FINRA operates from Washington, DC, and New York, NY, with other offices around the country.

Find out more about us and how we work-and view our current openings-at www.finra.org/careers .

Search Firm Representatives

Please be advised that FINRA is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms for this employment opportunity. Regardless of past practice, a valid written agreement and task order must be in place before any resumes are submitted to FINRA. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at FINRA without a valid written agreement and task order in place will be deemed the sole property of FINRA and no fee will be paid in the event that person is hired by FINRA.

FINRA is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer



All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, citizenship status, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or any other classification protected by federal state or local laws as appropriate, or upon the protected status of the person's relatives, friends or associates.

FINRA abides by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) . This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals on the basis of disability, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities.

FINRA abides by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a) . This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.

©2018 FINRA. All rights reserved. FINRA is a registered trademark of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.


Meet Some of FINRA's Employees

Dylan

Associate Principal Examiner, Risk Oversight & Operational Regulation

In order to protect people from financial fraud, Dylan evaluates everything from market, credit, and reputational risk to the processes and procedures encompassing settlements, cash flows, expenses, and valuations.

Katherine

Associate Principal Examiner, Anti-Money Laundering

Katherine and her team review the policies and procedures used to detect and report suspicious activity at brokerage firms, working closely with firm compliance staff to ensure they remain robust.


Back to top